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300 people gather in Helsinki for last minute advice ahead of the final registration deadline for chemicals

ECHA/PR/18/02

The European Chemicals Agency will host over 300 participants from industry, academia and authorities from all over the world for its REACH 2018 Stakeholders’ Day on 31 January. The event marks the last push for companies to meet their obligations by the 31 May registration deadline.

Helsinki, 30 January 2018 – The conference will showcase the current status with registrations and feature last minute advice and case studies which can help companies – especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – manage the registration of their substances manufactured or imported from one to 100 tonnes per year by the final REACH registration deadline.

With four months to go until 31 May, the event is the final push for companies to prepare their registration dossiers and meet the obligations for existing substances under REACH. From 1 June 2018, only substances that have a valid registration – or are exempted from REACH - will be allowed on the EU market.

ECHA’s Executive Director Bjorn Hansen says: “The last registration deadline is a challenge for the companies and regulators alike as it concerns many SMEs with limited resources and many niche chemicals with less existing data. I’m impressed of the way companies have taken on this challenge and are doing their bit to make Europe – and even the world – safer. We are here to help companies all the way, as are the national authorities and industry associations.”

The conference will be streamed live – the link to the web cast is already available. A recording will be available soon after the event. Anyone can join the discussions on social media with the hashtag #REACH2018.

In conjuction with the conference, ECHA organised extensive training on the use of its IT tools and offered one-to-one meetings with the Agency’s experts for those who wanted help with their company-specific issues.

Background

The last REACH registration deadline will be on 31 May 2018. This deadline concerns companies that manufacture or import chemical substances in small volumes, between 1-100 tonnes per year. ECHA expects to receive up to 60 000 registrations for up to 25 000 substances manufactured or imported in those volumes.

REACH 2018 will complete the gathering of data on chemical substances on the European market, resulting in the most comprehensive chemicals database in the world. Since 2008, the Member States and ECHA have worked together with the chemicals industry to document the properties, uses and conditions for safe use of chemicals manufactured and imported in the EU.


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